A dramatic gorge, native woodland and spectacular glen in a wonderfully secluded corner of North Argyll

Glen Creran

Get away from it all at Glen Creran

Head deep into Glen Creran to find the starting point of an atmospheric woodland trail with waterfalls and wonderful views, as well as access to several long distance routes.

We’re encouraging native trees like birch, willow and oak to regenerate here, attracting local wildlife – including the elusive pine marten. Look out for a remarkable variety of lichens and mosses on the older trees; the woods are specially protected because of them.

Our guide to the forests of North Argyll (PDF 3.7MB) will help you explore Glen Creran and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.

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Grab the essentials

There are public toilets, a shop and places to eat and drink at nearby Port Appin, and more facilities a few miles farther south at Benderloch.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Access to the hills and long distance trails

The car park in Glen Creran is a popular place to start the climb up the lofty and isolated Beinn Sgulaird, which dominates the glen. MunroMagic and WalkHighlands both have detailed descriptions of this hill route, which is suitable for fit and experienced walkers. The route is not signposted, so you need to take a map and compass with you. Remember that even in summer the weather can change very quickly here, so be prepared.

There’s also a long distance route that links Glen Creran with Glen Duror and Ballachulish. This too is a serious undertaking and takes you out onto the open hill, so do make sure you are properly equipped.

The Last Clansman Trail

Look out for Glen Ure House, once the home of Colin Campbell who was the victim of the notorious Appin Murder of 1752. Campbell was made famous as the ‘Red Fox’ in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel
Kidnapped. You can visit a number of the key locations in the historic murder story, and find out more about them, as part of the Last Clansman Trail.

Contact: West Argyll Forest District

Address: Whitegates, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Postcode: PA31 8RS

Telephone: 0300 067 6650


How to get here

Our car park in Glen Creran is at the end of an unclassified road leading off the A828 at Creagan, between Oban and Ballachulish.

At the roundabout just east of Creagan, take the turning signposted to Invercreran. After about 2 miles (3km), bear left onto a single track road and continue up the glen for about another 2½ miles (4km). Glen Creran car park is at the end of the public road at grid reference NN 036 488.

Using SatNav?

PA38 4BJ is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Head south on the A828 from Glen Creran towards Oban to reach two other scenic forests. At Sutherland’s Grove you can picnic beneath towering Douglas firs or walk up the dramatic rocky gorge to reach a tranquil reservoir.

At Beinn Lora it’s well worth the short, steep climb through conifer and beech woods for panoramic coast and mountain views, and you’ll feel on top of the world at the Eagle’s Eyrie viewpoint.

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